John Wall was invited and has accepted an invitation to participate in Team USA training camp in Las Vegas next week, according to ESPN’s Marc Stein.
Wall was initially not among the players selected to attend camp on July 14; however, Stein reports that was part of the plan.
Sources told ESPN.com that USAB has wanted Wall in camp for weeks and merely wanted to make sure that the Wizards’ All-Star was able to play at full capacity after a longer-than-expected season before making it official.
Considering the excellent point guards already on the roster (Derrick Rose, Kyrie Irving, Damian Lillard and Stephen Curry), making the final 12-man roster certainly won’t be easy for Wall.
Regardless, given the excellent season in the NBA he just had, Wall absolutely deserved the invite to camp. He averaged 19.3 points (43.3 percent shooting from the field and 35.1 percent shooting from beyond the arc), 8.8 assists, 4.1 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game with the Washington Wizards.
Wall was named to his first all-star team in 2014 and led Washington to the second round of the playoffs, with the team ultimately losing to the Indiana Pacers.
Wall isn’t the only Wizard that is headed to training camp, as sharpshooter Bradley Beal was named to the initial roster.
The 2014 FIBA World Cup of Basketball is set to begin Aug. 30 in Spain.